A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that is caused by a sudden trauma to the head. TBIs can range in severity from mild (concussion) to severe (coma). Even mild TBIs can have long-lasting effects, including headaches, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and mood changes.
Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic is a specialized type of chiropractic care that focuses on the alignment of the upper cervical spine, specifically the atlas vertebra. The atlas vertebra is the first vertebra in the neck and it supports the skull. When the atlas vertebra is misaligned, it can put pressure on the brainstem and spinal cord, which can lead to a variety of neurological problems.
The research suggests that Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic may be beneficial for people with TBI. For example, a 2018 study published in the journal Explore found that Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic adjustments improved post-concussion symptoms in veterans. Another study, published in the journal NeuroRehabilitation in 2017, found that Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic adjustments improved balance and cognitive function in people with chronic TBI.
How does Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic work for TBI?
Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic adjustments can help to improve blood flow to and from the brain. When the atlas vertebra is misaligned, it can restrict blood flow to the brainstem and spinal cord. This can reduce the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the brain, which can lead to a variety of neurological problems. Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic adjustments can help to restore proper alignment of the atlas vertebra, which may improve blood flow to the brain.
Additional research suggests that Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce inflammation in the brain. TBI can cause inflammation, which can damage brain cells and impair brain function. Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic adjustments may help to reduce inflammation in the brain, which may protect brain cells and improve brain function.
What are the benefits of Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic for TBI?
Some of the potential benefits of Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic for TBI include:
- Reduced headaches
- Improved balance and coordination
- Improved cognitive function
- Reduced fatigue
- Improved mood
- Improved sleep quality
- Reduced pain
The research is promising and suggests that Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic may be a safe and effective treatment option for people with TBI.
Is Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic safe?
Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic is a safe and gentle procedure. The adjustments are made with a specialized instrument that delivers a precise and gentle percussive force to the atlas vertebra. There is no twisting or popping involved.
For more information and to learn if Atlas Orthogonal upper cervical chiropractic care is right for you, call 480-325-6977 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Board Certified, Dr. Keith Lavender, DC. Dr. Lavender has been successfully serving patients with TBI for over 24 years and formulates a specific treatment plan for each patient. Be sure to ask about same day appointments. Individual plans may include BEMER vascular therapy, Advanced Muscle Integration Technique, Low Level Cold Laser, or Therapeutic Massage.